Friday, April 25, 2008

My favor game—XiangQi (Chinese Chess)

Name: Edward Jin
Teacher: Miss Yin
Time: 4/25/2008

My favor game—XiangQi (Chinese Chess)

I am Edward Jin, 6 years old America born Chinese in California, USA. I just started to learn Chinese culture because my parents believe it’s very important to understand my root. XiangQi is a fun game helps me to learn Chinese. I like it very much because it has many animals’ roles such as elephants, horses playing cannons, rooks and Kings. It’s very much like Star War. Thus, I recognize all 32 pieces in Chinese Characters correctly right away.

I learned basic rules of XingQi from my parents, who showed me the function of each chessman, such as Pawn, Cannon, Rook, King, and so on. My parents also taught me how to attack the opposite King and how to protect my own King. I enjoy playing XingQi with my parents much more than playing a peek-a-boo.

My dad always tells me that XingQi covers logic, math, and culture element. Although I don’t completely understand the meaning what he has said, playing XingQi is one of my favorite hobbies. I can play with other people or computer software alone.

My parents find out the XiangQi classes offered by Miss Yin, so now I am her student and a XiangQi club member of South Coast Chinese Culture Center. In her classes, I have learned correct movements, how to write notations and score calculations. I have so much fun in learning XiangQi thru the famous Monkey, Piggy and Monk Adventure software my teacher offered! My dad said my skills have improved a lot within 2 monthes.

I enjoy playing the game with my classmates and look forward to meeting and playing with people from outside of Miss Yin’s classes. This Sat. 4/26/08, Miss Yin is taking me and other classmates to perform at L.A. Chinese Radio Station’s event. I am excited about it and look forward to make more friends and have fun!

Edward Jin

Saturday, April 19, 2008

A teenage player self introduction

My name is Anthoney Tsou, and I was born in Irvine, California. I am currently 12 years old, and I am a seventh grader at Rancho San Joaquin Intermediate School. At school, I maintain a 4.0 average, being a part of GATE classes. Besides being at school, I do other extracurricular activities. I swim for the Novaquatics swim team and won six individual gold medals at the Junior Olympics when I was 10 years old. I was also was a part of the Pacific Coast All Star team for swimming and traveled to Reno to compete with many different countries. Piano is also a daily routine for me. I have passed CM, certificate of merit, level 10 and plan to continue enjoying piano by learning new pieces and maybe even trying to compose new songs. I also love the sport of Chinese chess. I hope to be able to compete in the Labor Day tournament of America vs. Canada and hope to be able to participate in the 2008 Olympics for Chinese chess. With these goals in mind, I have become motivated and inspired to be a strong member of the Chinese chess community.

I started Chinese chess a year ago when I was at Chinese school. I had chosen Chinese chess as an elective since I had an American chess background and wanted to try something new. It was also beneficial for me to strengthen my mind, so Chinese chess had a clear spot on my list of things to learn. In the beginning, I had no clue what each piece was and its movements as well as the importance of each piece. Then, my Chinese chess teacher, Ms. Yin, started teaching me the basics, and before long, I had mastered the basics of Chinese chess. It seemed quite similar to American chess with the movements, so it was not completely challenging for me after I learned the basics. After a year of learning this mind game, I have thought of competing beyond the school level.

After quite some time, I realized that I actually liked Chinese chess quite a bit. I thought that it was more straightforward than American chess and had many more possibilities. When Ms. Yin told me about the upcoming tournaments in the year 2008, I became excited and decided that I should compete in these tournaments. I have decided to dedicate much of my time and effort to this sport for fun and to be able to match my skill level against those from all around the world. I hope that after I have taken a big step into my Chinese chess career, the outcome will be one that is hard-earned. I believe that Chinese chess will affect me both mentally and emotionally throughout life in a good way, and I plan to start this journey now to get a great head start and have a successful future.